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Critter of the Week: Crabs!

It’s a new week here at Tree Limin’ Extreme, and therefore we have a new Critter of the Week. This week we are gonna take a look at some of the Virgin Islands crabs.

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A hermit crab found on a trail in Virgin Islands National Park

Hermit Crabs are a group of crab species found all over the world. There are about 1100 hermit crab species. Most live in marine environments, but the ones most commonly encountered here in the Virgin Islands are of the land loving variety. Hermit are related to other crabs, but they differ in that they carry around their home on their backs. Their abdomen does not have the hard shell of the rest of their body, and so it is vulnerable to injury and predators. They remedy this by finding the discarded shells of other sea creatures (most often sea snails), and crawling inside. Hermit crabs can be found all over the Virgin Islands, although always near to the water, which they need to reproduce. The are also mostly nocturnal.

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Ghost Crab at Salt Pond Bay, Virgin Islands National Park

Ghost crabs, or sand crabs, are common along our beautiful white sand beaches. Called ghost crabs because of their pale color and nocturnal nature, they are mostly seen quickly scurrying down the sand. They are responsible for the holes found dug in the moist areas of the beach. The crab uses these burrows to escape the hottest part of the day, and to spend the cooler winters in some areas. They come out at night to feed on clams, and other smaller crabs. They are also a natural predator of sea turtle hatchlings. You can try to catch them if you see one, but they sure are fast!

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A Land Crab found in Christiansted National Historic Site, St. Croix

Several species of so called “land crabs” are also native in the Virgin Islands. Also called pond crabs, in the British Virgin Islands, they can grow quite large and are a popular food source here. They are the main ingredient in the popular dish called “Crab and Rice.” They can most often be found near muddy holes along the edges of mangrove swamps, salt ponds, or other perpetually damp areas. The crabs mainly live on land, having organs that get oxygen from the air rather than the water, but these crabs still live and feed near the water. Keep a lookout for these large crabs, and be sure to try some crab and rice if you can, it is a rare treat!

Stay Extreme!

-The TLE Carcinology Department

www.ziplinestthomas.com

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What do you think?

We want to know what you guys would like to read here on the blog. We have some cool posts in the works about travel, surfing, climbing, and exploring. But what do you want? Is there an island you want to know more about? Perhaps and extreme sport you want us to feature? It’s all about you! Our guides and friends are a really talented bunch of folks and the possibilities are endless. So let us know in the comments what you would like to read about, and we will try to get right on it.

Remember to Stay Extreme!

-The TLE Crew

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Rock Climbing, Island Style

Rock climbing, in the virgin islands?

Believe it or not, indeed the Virgin Islands has rock climbing. And what is even more unbelievable is that it is actually pretty good.

A short trip form the TLE base camp in St. Thomas, finds you in the British Island of Virgin Gorda. Here is Baths National Park home of “The Baths.” The Baths are a beach area about about a mile from Spanish Town, the main town on the island. The beach here is strewn with many boulders of all sizes, including some up to 40 feet in diameter. These rocks create an otherworldly scene of giant boulders, grottoes, pools, tunnels, and caves.

Some of the rocks here offer some good bouldering. Bouldering is the rock climbing discipline of climbing done without ropes but close to the ground, so that a fall will less likely result in injury. Bouldering can be done by almost anyone as long practitioners remain close to the ground, and watch their landings.

The Baths offer very unique climbing. There are flat granite slabs, cracks, jugs, and holes to climb. But watch out for that tropical heat and sun. The sand and water on your climbing shoes may also present a problem. But where else can you climb the day away in tropical paradise, and go snorkeling in between climbs?

If you want more information on The Baths check out the link here: http://www.bvitourism.com/activity/baths-national-park

Don’t forget about the US islands as well! The US Virgin Islands have climbing too. Check back here for future island climbing posts, and trip reports from climbing expeditions all over the caribbean by our climbing team.

If you go to the Baths and still need some extreme in your life, or climbing just isn’t your style, check out our zipline! You can learn more at http://www.ziplinestthomas.com

-The TLE Crew

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